CoverHound Unveils a Quick Way to Request a Cost Estimate for Car Insurance

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This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2013.
CoverHound is up next to demo a fast and unique way that users can receive an insurance estimate:
“CoverHound now lets you request a car insurance estimate just by Tweeting” 
Product Launch: September 10, 2013
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions, & through other fintech companies and platforms
Metrics: $6.5M raised & 23 employees

HQ: San Francisco, CA
Founded: May 2010
Twitter: @CoverHound
Presenting Basil Enan (CEO) and Keith Moore (CMO)

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The full demo video will be available at Finovate.com in mid-September.

Finovate Alumni News– August 5, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgZopa featured in a Scottish Express column on P2P lending in the United Kingdom.
  • MasterCard and Visa to bring standardized chip-and-pin technology to the U.S.
  • Azimo, Zopa, and Lending Club are among the Finovate alumns highlighted in an Economist column on “changing finance for the better.”
  • VentureBeat lists BillGuard as 1 of 20 fastest growing mobile startups.
  • Slate lists reasons why everyone should download and use Braintree’s Venmo app.
  • Digital Trends chats with Basil Anan, CoverHound CEO on insurance rates trends. Check out CoverHound’s new tech at FinovateFall in NYC next month.
  • Braintree listed by Pando Daily as one of Chicago’s “new class of anti-Groupons”.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Meet the Innovators of FinovateFall 2013

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FinovateFall 2013 is right around the corner. That means it’s time to start getting to know the entrepreneurs and innovators that will be presenting their technologies on stage in New York City in September.

Remember, the early bird deadline is this Friday, August 2nd. So to reserve your spot and register now.

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Akimbo Financial offers a social bank account alternative that makes sharing money easier than ever.
authenticIDs identity tools pictureID and catfishID, are the most accurate, time-saving solutions for the forms of ID we already carry.
Backbase‘s Launchpad, the Commercial Banking Edition, making CFO’s work easier.
BehavioSec uses behavioral analytics to transparently tackle web and mobile security.
BillFloat revolutionizes credit delivery to consumers and businesses.
Biometric Signature ID has a patented software-only biometric for secure ID online verification.
BizEquity is the first and leading cloud-based business valuation engine, an innovative solution to small business lead generation.
Capital Access Network is the largest and most experienced small business finance specialist.
Cardlytics uses consumer purchase data to drive a patented advertising platform. Ads are so relevant–they’re expected. 
CoverHound is a comparison insurance adviser, helping people discover, buy, and manage insurance online.
CR2 is the innovative provider of self-service banking solutions including ATM, Internet, and mobile banking.
DoubleBeam‘s SDK powers mPayments inside other mobile apps, helping signup customers quickly and save a ton on the cost of payments.
FinanceIt offers businesses the ability to provide consumer financing to their customers at the POS.
Financial Guard helps you protect your investments, providing online investment advice at the right price, finally.
Finect is the leading online network for the financial services industry.
Fiserv is a leading global technology provider serving the financial services industry, driving innovation in payments.
FlexScore “gamifies” financial planning, gives a “score” of your financial fitness, and provides education, advice, peer comparisons.
Float Money offers interest-free credit to members of its shopping club and financial health partners.
FutureAdvisor manages your investments for better returns, making quality financial advice available to everyone.
GMC Software Technology is a leading software developer of solutions that transform the customer experience.
Guide Financial is like a healthcheck for your finances – automatically scanning your accounts for ways you can earn or save more, and providing simple, easy fixes.
Ignite Sales is the leader in retail banking, customer acquisition, and retention technology.
Innovation Agency, where you can execute on your innovation mandate and unlock the wealth of ideas in your ecosystems.
Instabank – Beautiful money.
Interactions provides natural language Virtual Assistant application services for the automation customer care processes.
Jumio is a next generation credentials management company offering payments and ID scanning and validation products for mobile and web transactions.
Kofax is a leading provider of smart process applications that simplify the business critical First Mile of information-intensive customer interactions.
LearnVest empowers people everywhere to take control of their money and live their richest lives.
Level Money is a financial GPS, designed to replace budgeting.
Lighter Capital provides growth capital to technology companies in a highly-automated basis – Capital-as-a-Service.
Lumesis provides software for the fixed income municipal market. Compliance and credit-focused. 
Luminous is a boutique innovation company that has become synonymous with innovative banking around the world.
Manilla is the leading free and secure service to simplify and organize daily financial life.
MasterCard is a technology company in the global payments industry, operating the world’s fastest payments processing network.
mBank is the biggest, pure-play online bank and the third largest retail bank in Poland.
miiCard is the first digital identity verification service to prove ‘you are who you say you are’ entirely online.
Mitek is positioned as the leading innovator in mobile imaging software. 
MoneyDesktop empowers financial institutions to provide online/mobile banking experiences to promote personal financial intelligence.
Motif Investing is a thematic, customizable, low-cost and crowdsourceable ETF-like product that is disrupting investing economics.

Narrative Science
 
enables companies to uncover the insight hidden in their data and create new content at a scale and frequency never before possible.
Numbrs – One App – Every Bank.
P2P Cash is the mobile wallet with switch technology that allows us to aggregate all other mWallets and mobile financial services.
PayWith is powered by MasterCard. Funded by Merchants. Loved by Consumers.
PhonyInvoices provides invoice fraud detection and prevention. We check a company’s vendor lists and transactions for suspicious activity.
Place2Give provides valuable and trustworthy information to make the most impactful social capital investment decisions.
QuarterSpot lending platform delivers the lowest cost and most favorable term small business loans.
RevolutionCredit is a revolutionary solution that transforms the credit decisioning process for both creditors and consumers.
SaaS Markets is the enterprise app store company for financial organizations looking to leverage cloud-based applications for their employees or customers.
SavedPlus is an automatic savings program that helps customers save money with every purchase.
Simple Verity provides business credit reports on any SMB in America.
Socure offers a social identity verification solution to combat the growing risk of online identity fraud for financial institutions.
SpearFysh leverages mobile, speech analytics, big data, and SaaS technology to improve sales processes and drive growth.
Spreedly provides vault cards in the cloud and work with more than 50 payment gateways.
StockSmart apps and platform offer insight and information on the world’s best companies and people.
StrategyCorps delivers local/mobile/social consumer checking solutions so appealing and relevant, your customers will gladly pay for them.
Tinkoff Credit Systems is Russia’s leading provider of online financial services.
TipRanks is a cloud-based service that measures the performance of anyone giving investment advice.
Toopher eliminates online fraud using your phone’s location. Simple, secure, your phone stays in your pocket.
Unleash is the cloud CFO that helps small businesses make better decisions faster.
VerifyValid and Deluxe are giving checks their first major upgrade in more than 200 years.
Versafe protects all users from all malware, threat types. On all devices, all transparently. 
WordSentry software analyzes messages during composition, identifying non-compliant components, for correction before sending.
Yodlee is the platform for financial innovation, powering the world’s largest collection of transactional data.
Yseop creates a new age where financial services delivered to customers are driven by AI and human collaboration.
Zenmonics is a global technology services and mobile product provider to the financial services market.
Zighra empowers banks and financial institutions to leverage implicit mobile user authentication and accelerate payments.
Zooz provides complete payment essentials at your fingertips: a robust set of tools that will improve the payment process.
Plus more stealth companies to be announced in the weeks to come.
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To find out more about the upcoming FinovateFall 2013 event in New York, September 10 and 11, visit our FinovateFall information page here.

Finovate Alumni News– June 28, 2013

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgCapital Access Network achieves new record of $66 million in monthly volume.
  • CoverHound names Keith Moore Chief Marketing Officer.
  • ProjectionHub and Lendio partner to help small businesses find the right loan.
  • Green Bay Press Gazette features GoBank on the heels of the company’s public launch this week.
  • Kashoo publishes interview with company “Jack of All Trades” Amrik Randhawa.
  • OneID provided to students of Sydney, Australia’s MacQuarie University.
  • Techcrunch takes a look at LendUp’s plan to provide instant online, mobile loans.
  • SeedInvest raises $1 million in round led by the Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News– May 3, 2013

  • Newfination hosts Coverhound CEO Basil Enan who talks about its online insurance service.
  • ProgrammableWeb interviews Michael Sconfield, Developer Evangelist of Dwolla API.
  • Caribbean360 reports that the Inter-American Development Bank is testing Entrepreneurial Finance Lab’s psychometric method of testing creditworthiness.
  • Fort Mill Times takes a look at TipRanks. See them demo at FinovateSpring in San Francisco.
  • Bazaarvoice appoints former Convio Inc. CEO Gene Austin as president.
  • PayMobl reviews Pageonce mobile bill payment app.
  • Innovation Agency launches new features for Innovation Café to make it easier to manage and keep users up to date
  • Realty Mogul wins top honors at Founder Showcase pitch competition.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

First Quarter 2013 Funding for Finovate Alumni– More Than $150 Million Raised

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This quarter, both January and Feburary funding exceeded $50 million. Most of February’s funding can be attributed to On Deck Capital’s $42 million round.

Over three months, 15 companies raised more than $155 million, This is very similar to last year’s first quarter funding* when we saw a total of 11 companies raise more than $150 million.

Here’s the Q1 summary for 2013:

January — $57 million raised by 6 companies
February — $56 million raised by 5 companies

March — $42 million raised by 4 companies

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*While the funding over last year has increased, so has the number of Finovate alums. We’re tracking more than 100 additional companies this year compared to last year.

Note: Funding that companies received before they demonstrated at Finovate was not counted. Questions? Comments? Email us at julie@finovate.com or david@finovate.com.

Correction: CoverHound Brings in $5.5 Million

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Earlier this month, we incorrectly reported that CoverHound raised $8.1 million, citing the San Francisco Business Times. Below is the corrected report.

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Insurance comparison tool, CoverHound recently raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by RRE Ventures of New York. Bullpen Capital and existing investor Blumberg Capital also participated.

This funding, combined with the $750,000 in seed money raised from Blumberg Capital in 2011, brings the San Francisco-based startup’s total funding to $5.25 million.

With this release, CoverHound also disclosed that it is now manages $1 million worth of premiums.

To learn more about CoverHound, watch its FinovateSpring 2012 demo.

CoverHound Announces Partnership with Source Interlink Media

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Motor vehicle insurance comparison website, CoverHoundannounced a partnership with Source Interlink Media.

Through this partnership, CoverHound will power auto insurance comparison engines on Motor Trend Auto Group sites, including:

    • MotorTrend.com
    • IntelliChoice.com
    • Automotive.com
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In addition, the San Francisco-based startup announced that Source Interlink Media, along with returning investor Blumberg Capital, has made a strategic financial investment in CoverHound.

To learn more about CoverHound, watch its FinovateSpring 2012 demo.

Finovate Alumni News– July 12, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTwo Guys and Your Money podcast features Planwise.
  • Business Insider reviews BillGuard.
  • University FCU & Bank of Lake Mills deploy the Mortgagebot front-end POS automation.
  • Geezeo adds 4 credit unions.
  • 2 Minute Finance receives a demo of CoverHound’s technology at FinovateSpring.
  • Wipit and Punchcard form partnership.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News– May 30, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgTradeshift to Offer Taulia’s Dynamic Discounting.
  • Startup Beat interviews CoverHound CEO, Basil Enan.
  • Acculynk and National Payments Corporation of India Announce Internet PIN Debit Partnership.
  • miiCard Launches Twitter Trust Campaign By Verifying Real Identities.
  • PaySimple Named Red Herring Americas Top 100 Winner.
  • Financial Post discusses Kashoo’s mobile distribution strategy.
  • High Beam Research reports on DoughMain’s financial education pointers.
  • TechCrunch reports BOKU Scales Up, Will Power Carrier Billing For In-App Payments In The T-Mobile Mall.
  • CU Times reports MoneyDesktop Adds 17 Credit Unions as PFM Users.
  • Check Point Introduces New Security Acceleration Module with Advanced SecurityCore Technology for High Performance in Low Latency Environments.
  • CNN Money Launches New Investing Home Page with StockTwits Trending Tickers.
  • Advocate’s Studio recommends Enloop for when you need a fast business plan.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News– May 16, 2012

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgBill.com integrates with NetSuite to deliver seamless, cloud-based financial management.
  • Inc.well interviews Candace Klein, CEO of SoMoLend, about crowdfunding.
  • Virtual Piggy partners with World Industries.
  • American Banker considers if Dwolla is a threat or opportunity for banks.
  • Soshable covers Klarna, CoverHound, Giftly, ZipZap, BillGuard, Dwolla and Virtual Piggy.
  • The Next Web takes a closer look at the tech that powers LearnVest.
  • BCSG partners with Sage to offer MyBusinessWorks customers the bookkeeping application Sage One Accounts.
  • ValidSoft announces partnership with Spindle to provide advanced payments security solutions to US-based customers.
  • Fast Company names Laura Mather, Founder and Chief Visionary of Silver Tail Systems, as one of the Most Creative People in Business.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

FinovateSpring 2012 in the Press

Here’s a look at press coverage from FinovateSpring 2012 in San Francisco last week. For comprehensive coverage, be sure to check out Erin McCune’s live blog on PaymentsViews, which covers all 63 presenting companies:

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2 Minute Finance
2MF @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference
by Bobby Lee
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BillGuard Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Cardlytics Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Concur Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Flint Mobile Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 2)
by Bobby Lee
Mitek Systems Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
TIO Networks Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
WattzOn Demo @ Finovate Spring 2012 Conference (Day 1)
by Bobby Lee
Bank Innovation
5 Finovate Demo-ers’ News Catching Our Eye
by Mary Wisniewski

4 More Finovate Products We Like
by Mary Wisniewski

Bank Technology News
Best of Finovate Spring Day 1
by Penny Crosman
Best of Finovate Spring Day 2
by Penny Crosman

Dwolla Pitches Fast Fund Transfers, but Bank Participation is Vital
by Sean Sposito
Edo to Harness Payment Data to Spur Consumer Spending
by Victoria Finkle

WattzOn Helps Banks Help Customers Save on Energy Bills
by Sean Sposito

BankersLab Blog
CreditLab Launch: Reactions and Responses

BankNXT
Finovate, Simple, and Re-Imagining Banking Applications
by Bradley Leimer
Live at FinovateSpring 2012- day 1
by Jelmer de Jong
Live at FinovateSpring 2012- day 2
by Jelmer de Jong

BetaKit
CoverHound Debuts Comparison Tool for Auto Insurance 
by Cheronne Thurab 

Business Insider
Finally, a Mobile App That Helps You Save Money: Meet Urge
by Willy Staley

Business2Community
What Does $4.6 Billion in Coupon Savings Have to Do with Savvy Consumers?
by Andre Bourque

C’est pas mon idée!
FinovateSpring 2012: quoi de neuf?
by Patrice Bernard

Currency Marketing Blog
Four Conference in Four Days
by Tim McAlpine

Credit Union Times
MoneyDesktop Named Best of Show at FinovateSpring Conference
by Natasha Chilingerian

Daily Disruption
Flint Mobile Announces Beta Launch at Finovate and Closes $3 Million Round of Financing
by Tim Rygh

The Daily Guardian (BillGuard’s blog)
Financial Community Awards BillGuard Best Of Show at Finovate
by Maryanne

DCisions Blog
DCisions at Finovate Spring 2012
by Kritika Ashok

Des Moines Register 
Dwolla offers software for free
by Adam Belz

Des Moines Register Blog
Dwolla, Social Money earn praise at national banking conference
by Marco Santana

Exc
elsior
Kuspit, el primer Finovate mexicano
by Alicia Salgado

Experian Blog
Business IQ Express… what is the media saying?
by Roslyn Whitehurst 

FamZoo Blog
Finovate Winners
by Bill Dwight

Finextra
Flint taps phone cameras for card payments
SoMoLend closes $1.17 million seed round

Forrester Blog
Finovate Spring 2012: Digital Financial Services Innovation
by Tiffani Montez

FP Pad
[Video Spotlight] inStream Solutions CEO Alex Murguia at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg
[Video Spotlight] iQuantifi CEO Tom White at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg
[Video Spotlight] Sarah Carter of Actiance at FinovateSpring 2012
by Bill Winterberg

Iconowatch
Accelerating Innovation at Finovate 2012
by Hans Eisenbeis
Investment News
Personal Capital launches iPhone app
by Davis Janowski
Lazy Man and Money
What’s Hot and What’s Not from Finovate 2012
Mercury News
Money Goes Mobile 
Montreal Gazette
Montreal’s Wall Street Survivor teaches about investing
by Jason Magder
MyBankTracker
Can FinTech Stop You from ‘Showrooming?’
by Willy Staley
MoneyDesktop: How Personalized Deals Shine in PFM Tools
by Simon Zhen
Save Your Wallet, and Maybe the Planet, with WattzOn
by by Willy Staley
On Deck Capital Blog
Photo Journal: Our Finovate Demo
PaymentsNews
Highlights from Finovate Spring 2012 San Francisco 
PaymentsViews
Live Blogging Finovate Spring 2012 San Francisco
by Erin McCune
The Paypers
ZipZap rolls out CashCade payment service
PaySimple Blog
PaySimple at Finovate
by Sarah Jordan
PC World
New Web Apps and Services for Business
by Yardena Arar
QuidLabs
Finovate Best in Show
by Aliisa Rosenthal
SecurityPark.net
BehavioSec voted ‘Best of Show’ for biometric solution by audience at Finovate Spring, San Francisco
Silicon Prairie News
With upgraded FiSync, Dwolla cuts 3-5 day wait to real-time
by Michael Stacy
Silver Tail Systems Blog
Finovate Spring Demonstrates a Growing Richness in Online Interactions
by Laura Mather
Social Lending Network
Roundup of Social Lending News – May 12, 2012
by Peter Renton
TechCrunch 
Capital One Snags Mobile Savings Startup BankOns, Team Moving To Capital One Labs
by Sarah Perez
Flint: A New Mobile Payment App For Small Businesses Picks Up $3M From Storm, True Ventures
by Ingrid Lunden
How Personal Capital Wants To Bring Money Management Into The Internet Age [TCTV]
by Colleen Taylor
Nearing The 1M User Mark, Expensify Adds ‘Trips’ Feature To Mobile Apps
by Colleen Taylor
The Anti-Groupon? Edo Launches Real-Time Local Offers Platform, Tied To Your Bank Card For Instant Credits
by Sarah Perez
Tradestreaming
List Of Winners Of Top Fintech Conference, Finovate
by Zack Miller
World News (wn.com)
Instream Solutions Ceo Alex Murguia At Finovatespring 2012